Postmeans [పోస్ట్ అనగా]:A post is a user-submitted
message enclosed into a block containing the user's details and the date and
time it was submitted. Members are usually allowed to edit or delete their own
posts. Posts are contained in threads, where they appear as boxes one after
another. The first post starts the thread; this may be called the TS (thread
starter) or OP (original post). Posts that follow in the thread are meant to
continue discussion about that post, or respond to other replies; it is not
uncommon for discussions to be derailed.
On Western forums, the classic way to show a member's own
details (such as name and avatar) has been on the left side of the post, in a
narrow column of fixed width, with the post controls located on the right, at
the bottom of the main body, above the signature block. In more recent forum
software implementations the Asian style of displaying the members' details
above the post has been copied. Posts have an internal limit usually measured
in characters. Often one is required to have a message of minimum length of 10
characters. There is always an upper limit but it is rarely reached – most
boards have it at either 10,000, 20,000, 30,000 or 50,000 characters.
Most forums keep track of a user's post count. The post count
is a measurement of how many posts a certain user has made. Users with higher post
counts are often considered more reputable than users with lower postcounts.
Some forums have disabled post counts in the hopes that doing so will reduce
the emphasis on quantity over quality of information.
Thread means [త్రెడ్ అనగా] : A thread (sometimes
called a topic) is a collection of posts, usually displayed from oldest
to latest, although this is typically configurable: options for newest to
oldest and for a threaded view (a tree-like view applying logical reply structure
before chronological order) can be available. A thread is defined by a title,
an additional description that may summarize the intended discussion, and an
opening or original post (common abbreviation OP, which can also mean original
poster) which opens whatever dialogue or makes whatever announcement the
poster wished. A thread can contain any number of posts, including multiple
posts from the same members, even if they are one after the other.
A thread is contained in a forum, and may have an
associated date which is taken as the date of the last post (options to order
threads by other criteria are generally available). When a member posts in a
thread it will jump to the top since it is the latest updated thread.
Similarly, other threads will jump in front of it when they receive posts. When
a member posts in a thread for no reason but to have it go to the top, it is
referred to as a You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view. or bumping.
Threads which are important but rarely receive posts are stickyed (or,
in some software, 'pinned'). A sticky thread will always appear in front
of normal threads, often in its own section.
A thread's popularity is measured on forums in reply
(total posts minus one – the opening post) counts. Some forums also track page
views. Threads meeting a set number of posts or a set number of views may
receive a designation such as "hot thread" and be displayed with a
different icon compared to others threads. This icon may stand out more to
emphasize the thread.
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